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makalani bandele

  I am a Louisville, KY native. I am an ordained Baptist minister and former pastor. I hold degrees from University of Notre Dame and Shaw University-Divinity School.  A member of the Affrilachian Poets since 2008, I received a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith fellowship, as well as fellowships from Millay Colony of the Arts…

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Aziza Barnes, Oxford, MS

Aziza Barnes

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Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir’s work includes the forthcoming book of poems, Field Theory, as well as Gospel, Where the Apple Falls, and the anthology Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art coedited with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she is the recipient of…

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Bass , Holly

Holly Bass

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Battle , Venise

Venise Battle

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Beavers , Herman

Herman Beavers

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Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett

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Michelle Courtney Berry

Michelle Courtney Berry, the second Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, has appeared on “Good Morning America” and was elected delegate for Mr. Barack Obama in her Congressional District by over 16,000 votes. A former City Councilwoman and Alternate Acting Mayor for the City of Ithaca, she teaches at Ithaca College and Cornell University. She has opened in poetry and song…

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Bertram , Lillian

Lillian Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College where she teaches poetry. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University, and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she worked on the magazine Ninth Letter. She is a Cave Canem…

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Bethel , Marion

Marion Bethel

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